Outdoor Event Permits

The Outdoor Special Event Portal is currently closed.

The Town of Chapel Hill is taking steps to keep the community safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. All special events, mass gatherings, and public meetings are canceled until further notice. 

 For regular updates visit www.townofchapelhill.org/coronoavirus.

Thanks for thinking about hosting a special event in Chapel Hill. We believe that community celebrations and special events contribute to a vibrant and inclusive community, positively impacting residents, businesses, visitors, and the community at large.


Review this Getting Started Guide to make sure your event is safe, compliant, and successful.


Please complete the following steps before starting your permit application. You cannot save your application once you’ve started. You can find details about each step in the Getting Started Guide.

  1. Review the Getting Started Guide.
  2. Have a clear vision of your event.
  3. Create a legible, detailed map of your event layout.
  4. Reserve your event space (if applicable). To reserve a public park or facility, click here.
  5. Develop a public safety and emergency plan.
  6. Have a debit/credit card handy to pay the $50 application fee.
  7. Collect your organization’s Certificate of Insurance (if applicable).


Outdoor Event Permit Application

Frequently Asked Questions